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Privacy body requires docs, lawyers to register data systems

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is extending up to July 2 the registration period for the data processing systems (DPS) of professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, handling large numbers of people.

In a statement, NPC said the extension only applied to those who have at least 250 employees and those who process sensitive personal information of at least 1,000 individuals.

According to the Data Privacy Act’s implementing rules and regulations, a data processing system (DPS) is a structure and procedure by which personal data is collected and further processed in an information and communications system or relevant filing system.

“DPS registration is a compliance requirement for PICs (Personal Information Controllers) and PIPs (Personal Information Processors). It is also a way to demonstrate accountability in safeguarding personal data,” said Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro.

PICs and PIPs are persons or organizations controlling the “collection, holding, processing or use of personal information.” —ROY STEPHEN C. CANIVEL

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